Does Genesis 1:15 say that the moon produces its own light?
“And let them (sun and moon) be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth”. And it was so. God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.
Genesis 1:15 – 16a
The moon does not, on its own, produce light. It does, however, reflect the light of the sun, which makes sense since that is the best way to give a “lesser” light at night. So, is the Bible incorrect and not the true Word of God? No, the Bible is not incorrect. We view our experiences by our position here on earth; the term is earth – centric. We say that the sun rises and sets, even though we know that the earth revolves around the sun and rotates on its axis. We say that the stars “come out” at night, when we know that they are always there, hidden during the day by the suns brighter light. Our point of reference determines how we talk about what we see. The writer of Genesis, through the Holy Spirit, gives an accurate report of creation using an earth – centric view of the events.